Hank Williams Jr is absolutely one thing – COUNTRY.
Kid Rock, on the other hand, has numerous facets to his persona. He went into music in the ’90s as a straight-up rap artist. Around 1997, he transformed into his rap/rock self, and then in 2002 or 2003 he changed again, this time into more of a Skynyrd, southern rock artist.
In 2002, CMT paired the rap/rock version of Kid Rock with Hank Williams Jr. for the second taping of their massively popular show “CMT Crossroads,” where the kindred rebels churned out a spirited rendition of Hank’s classic “Family Tradition.” You can easily see in their performance that these two have more in common than a musical background. Kid Rock admires Hank Jr. and the respect they have for each other is very much mutual.
We’re not entirely sure if that time spent with Bocephus is what prompted his transformation from rap/rock to southern rock, but the timing sure is coincidental.
“I hope to be able to sing as good as this guy one day and play as good as him,” Kid Rock shared with CMT in an interview previewing the special. “I’m trying. I got the best teacher out there. The [country] influence will always be in my music, but am I going to go country? I think I was born country.”